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    Posted: 17 Jun 19 at 6:59am
Hi,
I'm probably moaning about nothing in some people's opinions, but I just wondered if anyone else shares my frustration at the courses being set by their club's ROs?
Over the past couple of years at my club there seems to have been a shift towards courses that have several beats per lap, with runs or very broad reaches in between the upwind legs. No beam reaches or similar. Frequently they manage to set courses with no gybe mark. This means that on a breezy day with the potential for some fun planing reaches, it feels like the RO is exacting his frustration at not sailing by taking the fun out of the race for everyone else.
I sail Enterprise and Laser (over 25 years racing experience), and am happiest in a stiff breeze - to me it's a kind of reward for slogging up a tough beat, to bear off around the windward mark and go off planing to the next mark as fast as the boat will go. I'm not saying a broad reach/run can't be exciting (even terrifying in certain wind/sea conditions), but courses that persistently avoid particular points of sailing is really frustrating for me. Also how satisfying is it to fly down a reach and get round a difficult gybe - or if you mess it up and get wet, you pick yourself up, laugh about it and work out how to get it right next time?
Case in point yesterday, the club ran its annual long pursuit race, and historically this involves as many marks as possible, and every point of sailing - you want something to keep a 3 hour race interesting, right? Instead we got a sideways figure of eight, beat/run/beat/run. I lasted one lap and decided I would rather stick pins in my eyes than sail that course for another 2 hours, so I went for a bit blast away from the course before going home for an ice cream.
I haven't asked the committee what they think yet, I suspect I will be wasting my breath.
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At our club - a pond in the Cotswolds -  the advice to Race Officers is to try and have two beats per lap because then if the wind does shift (when it shifts!!) there is a better chance that one of the beats will still work. This can result in more runs than reaches but most race officers do include a gybe mark so that at least one of the runs is a reach plus a run if that makes sense?! I suspect that this is because we have a mix of boats including those with spinnakers and these guys ask for a reach to be included which is fair. Whilst I can understand your view on a fun reach rather than a run, the runs are a very tactical leg. I mean anyone can blast down the reach and once you are up and planing then its hard to really gain or lose on your respective handicap whereas huge gains and losses can be made on a poor run!
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Originally posted by gbr22114

Hi,
I'm probably moaning about nothing in some people's opinions, but I just wondered if anyone else shares my frustration at the courses being set by their club's ROs?ice cream.
I haven't asked the committee what they think yet, I suspect I will be wasting my breath.


Have to agree, some of our courses end up being pants, we rotate our race officer team from within the fleet and some are better at setting courses than others, but there is at least variety even though our over riding prescription is triangle sausage, it can so often end up as fetch fetch run fetch.

Training and discussion is key and of course participation in the process.
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If you are setting courses using fixed marks you can only go where the marks are. Sometimes this means two short beats instead of one long one. Different if you have open water and drop inflatables.

Just trying to visualise a course with no gybes........  Confused
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beat,
port rounding, starboard broad reach
starboard rounding, beat
starboard rounding, port broad reach
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Originally posted by H2

try and have two beats per lap because then if the wind does shift (when it shifts!!) there is a better chance that one of the beats will still work. [...] the runs are a very tactical leg. I mean anyone can blast down the reach and once you are up and planing then its hard to really gain or lose on your respective handicap whereas huge gains and losses can be made on a poor run!
Appreciate that there can be good reasons for two beats in a course - yesterday they were of course both in exactly the same direction, with only about 200m between their direct lines. The course may as well have had only 2 marks IMHO.
The run of course can be tactical, particularly if tide or current is a factor. A reach can be just as tactical. Some of us can blast down the reach quicker than others, it's another test of boat handling skill. Handicaps are supposed to account for performance on all points of sailing, and as we know some classes perform better in different wind strengths, reaching angles, etc.
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our over riding prescription is triangle sausage
aaaargh the sausage... I hate that course  Angry (I hate runs in general, probably because it's so damn hard to escape the wind shadow of boats behind)
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If you are setting courses using fixed marks you can only go where the marks are. Sometimes this means two short beats instead of one long one. Different if you have open water and drop inflatables. Confused
We have "fixed" positions but the marks are lifted/dropped each time as required (except for three very large navigation buoys for shipping) - so there's a bit of flexibility in positioning as long as they are dropped vaguely where sailors expect them to be. Depending on wind direction a leg could be up to 1km across the estuary. *imagines a 1km planing reach*  Thumbs Up

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The think about runs is they give you a choice of angles, reaches are from one bouy to the next and can be processional. Then, if they're a bit tight the assys will complain (actually spinny boats generally). Runs give more opportunities than reaches.

TBF one of the best races I have sailed was at a windy Raceboard open at West Kirby. A long beat up the lake and (IIRC) 6 gybe slalom back down. Brilliant fun  Tongue


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I wish our courses had less reaches in....

Although I do sail an asymmetric...

How much reaching can you do before it gets boring?

How much competitive sailing can you do before it gets boring?

I bet you the latter is longer so must take priority as it can only be done in an arranged environment. Going off on some reaches can be done by your self away from others. 

Before anyone tries to argue that reaching is competitive, how many Olympic courses have significant amounts of reaching in it?
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I remember sitting down and carefully watching a Solo Open at our club. While there weren't that many passing moves on the reaches, they had an immense effect on the results. The fast reaching boat would clear a space behind her, and only needed to keep a loose cover on the boats behind while she went hunting for the next place gain. By contrast the slow reaching boat had a pack snapping at their heels at the start of the beat and had to defend frantically rather than think about what was ahead.

Plus of course the gybe between two reaches tends to be forced, rather than being able to pick the right moment as on a run, which has a definite sorting out effect in a breeze...

And frankly what ever the latest fad for courses is amongst the pros at the Olympics should have not the slightest influence on what makes for an amusing afternoon at Lower Whatsitford Sailing Club. The other thing is that really with things like picking courses one should listen to the back of the fleet, not the front. The tail end of the fleet is where growth will come from. If you ignore them and only listen to what the top ten want, before long you'll only have the top ten left.

Edited by JimC - 17 Jun 19 at 7:53pm
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